It’s not uncommon for students to struggle to keep a journal – many students are not used to writing without a “purpose”, even when a prompt is given. Try this activity – courtesy of one of our group teachers, Leonard, – instead:
Give a magazine picture or ad to your student(s) as part of their homework. Have them write 5 sentences about the ad or picture. Over time, you may even ask them to make up a story to go with the picture.
Have the student(s) share what they came up with in the next class.